2013 arts education network council
Ron Jones, Ph.D., became the 12th president of Memphis College of Art in May, 2011. An accomplished administrator and educator, Jones was previously Dean of the College of The Arts of the University of South Florida for 12 years. He earned a PhD in Aesthetics Education from the University of Maryland, his Master's from Arizona State University, and a BA in Art and English from Concord University in West Virginia.
Jones has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and was elected to the National Council for Policy Study in Art, a group of fifty leading art education scholars; and he has coordinated a National Art Education Association national convention. He served as President of the Florida Higher Education Network and is Past-President of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, serving now as Coordinator of National Advocacy for the arts in higher education. Recently, Dr. Jones was invited to the White House to discuss the arts in higher education and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Arts Education Council of the American for the Arts.
Jones has published over twenty professional articles on aesthetics, art education, and criticism, written art reviews and contributed three book chapters, including Modern and Postmodern: Contemporary Pedagogy in the Visual Arts for the anthology, Art Education: Content and Practice in a Postmodern Era.
He has presented over twenty papers for the American Psychological Association, the National Art Education Association, the National Council for Policy Study in Art, the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, and the Florida Higher Education Arts Network. His interests include the politics, philosophy, and psychological definitions of art, arts administration in higher education and contemporary art.